Suffrage Quilt Challenge

Dakota County Star Quilters is hosting a special exhibit to be displayed at their March 2020 Annual Show held at the Dakota County Historical Society building in South St. Paul, MN. 

2019-2020 is the 100th anniversary of American women winning the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment and we want to celebrate this historic accomplishment. 
Dakota County Star Quilters is inviting U.S. quilters to submit a 24” square small quilt  (any technique) for this display and for possible touring after the DCSQ show. The subject of the quilt should be the American women’s suffrage movement.

Submission guidelines will be posted July 1st on the Dakota County Star Quilters website  www.dcsq.org
January 1, 2020 is the deadline for submission of a photo plus information form. 

SILENT AUCTION

Co-chairs- Bonnie Anderson and Roz Buck

There were 56 items displayed on two days with a grand total of $1555 in sales. Friday was $735 and Saturday was $820. The average purchase was $27.80. The highest amount spent on an item was $110 and the lowest amount was $6. Last year (2018) proceeds from the Small Quilt Silent Auction was $1324. A difference of $231.
In 2018 we had 54 people sign up for bidding numbers. This year there were 77 people signed up for bidding numbers. That is wonderful to have that much activity! A big thank you goes to each person who contributed to the auction and also to those who purchased.

click here for the list of donors and buyers.

Split Shapes #1, by Kim Baird, was purchased by Candace Erickson

PAY DUES WITH PAYPAL

If you have tried to pay your membership dues from the website, and could not get paypal to work, that has now been fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience!

FIDGET PILLOWS

Two poised and talented high schoolers addressed QGND at the March meeting. They have a project to make fidget pillows, which are given to, and appreciated by, people with dementia or stroke.

Astrid and Dyuti giving their presentation

It was great to meet them. To contribute in any way to their project, check out their website here.

 

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OUR MISSION

What is our Guild’s Mission Statement?
“The Guild is formed for the purpose of maintaining an organization for educational, preservational, and eleemosynary objectives: to sponsor and cultivate interest in the appreciation and preservation of patchwork, applique, quilted art, and related needlework; and to promote the exchange of ideas.”

Wow, have I lost you yet?
Most of us don’t know our Mission Statement, and to quote the website NonprofitHub, “By itself, your mission statement doesn’t mean much. It’s just words on a page. But if it is supported by a group of people who care about making a difference in the world, that’s something else. Few things are as powerful as a shared mission.”

Currently, what we have is words on a page.
The Board wants to update our Mission Statement. As it stands now, our Mission Statement is too long; it should have only 10 to 20 words. To write a new mission statement, we have to understand our Guild, and I want to hear from you. This is not just something I am saying, I mean it. I would like to have every member that is reading this article either send me an email, or write me a letter. Let me know your answers to the following 3 questions:
1. Why do you quilt?
2. Why are you a member of this Guild?

3. What do you think the purpose of our Guild is, or what should it be?

If you come to the August meeting, we will be talking about these questions and more. If you do not come to the August meeting, please email me your responses and any other feelings about the Guild
that you want me to know, at bazeleznik@gmail.com or mail me a letter at

Quilters’ Guild of ND

PO Box 2662, Fargo ND 58108.

I would like to have all responses back by September 1. I look forward to hearing from you!
Barb Zeleznik,
President,
Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota